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Wednesday
Sep072011

Round the Sphere Again: C. S. Lewis

Why He Was Not
a Roman Catholic: Two quotes that explain some of the reasons (Begger’s All: Reformation and Apologetics). 

Why He Was
an excellent writer: Using his poached egg paragraph as an example of prose that sings (Kevin DeYoung).

Tuesday
Sep062011

Theological Term of the Week

Chalcedonian Definition
The statement produced by the Council of Chalcedon in A. D. 451 that has been regarded by most branches of Christianity as the orthodox definition of the biblical teaching on the person of Christ;1 also called the Chalcedonian Creed.

  • Text of the Chalcedonian Definition: 

    We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man, of a reasonable [rational] soul and body; consubstantial [co-essential] with the Father according to the Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the Manhood; in all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, only begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ; as the prophets from the beginning [have declared] concerning Him, and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has handed down to us.     

  • From Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem:
  • Some have said that that Chalcedonian definition really did not define for us in any positive way what the person of Christ actually is, but simply told us several things that it is not. In this way some have said that it is not a very helpful definition. But such an accusation is misleading and inaccurate. The definition actually did a great deal to help us understand the biblical teaching correctly. It taught that Christ definitely has two natures, a human nature and a divine nature. It taught that his divine nature is exactly the same as that of the Father (consubstantial with the Father according to the Godhead”). And it maintained that the human nature is exactly like our human nature, yet without sin (“consubstantial with the Father according to the Godhead”). Moreover, it affirmed that in the person of Christ the human nature retains its distinctive characteristics and the divine nature retains its distinctive characteristics (“the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved”). Finally, it affirms that, whether we can understand it or not, these two natures are united together in the one person of Christ. 

Learn more:
  1. Theopedia: Chalcedonian Creed
  2. Justin Holcomb: The Creed of Chalcedon
  3. Nick Needham: Truly God, Truly Man: The Council of Chalcedon
  4. Charles BiggsChristological Heresies and the Council of Chalcedon
  5. Melinda PennerThe Interaction of Philosophy and Theology in the Development of the Trinity and Christology at Nicaea and Chalcedon (pdf) 
  6. James White: The Trinity, the Definition of Chalcedon, and Oneness Theology
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Filed under Creeds and Confessions.

1From Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem.

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Monday
Sep052011

A Catechism for Girls and Boys

Part II: Questions about The Ten Commandments

46. Q. What is the third commandment?
       A. The third commandment is, Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

(Click through to read scriptural proof.)

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Sunday
Sep042011

Sunday's Hymn: Jesus What a Friend for Sinners

or Our Great Saviour, as it’s titled in my hymnal.

Jesus! what a Friend for sinners!
Jesus! Lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole.

Refrain

Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah! what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.

Jesus! what a Strength in weakness!
Let me hide myself in Him.
Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing,
He, my Strength, my victory wins.

Jesus! what a Help in sorrow!
While the billows over me roll,
Even when my heart is breaking,
He, my Comfort, helps my soul.

Jesus! what a Guide and Keeper!
While the tempest still is high,
Storms about me, night overtakes me,
He, my Pilot, hears my cry.

Jesus! I do now receive Him,
[or Jesus! I do now adore Him,]
More than all in Him I find.
He hath granted me forgiveness,
I am His, and He is mine.

J. Wil­bur Chap­man

Other hymns, worship songs, sermons etc. posted today:

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Saturday
Sep032011

Round the Sphere Again: Weekend Twofer

On Ice
The disappearing river mystery. A rushing river not too far from here went missing over the summer. Okay, so the story’s interesting, but it’s the accompanying glacier berg photos that earned it a link here. (CBC News).

And while we’re discussing icy phenomena, why not test your knowledge of hail terminology? “The National Weather Service uses real-world objects to report the size of hail. Can you name the 14 items in their chart?” (mental_floss).

I’m a little embarrassed to report that I could name only four of them. Maybe that’s because we never get anything larger than BB sized hail here.

For Kids
A list good Christian books for children, by age group, and few books for parents, too (Reformation Theology).

What’s more, here’s a children’s Bible reading plan (HeadHeartHand Blog).